Is weight gain more likely at lower doses? Incoming taper

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Hi there, hope you're well.

I've been on Mirtazapine for over a year now (30mg), but feeling like I'm getting ready to start tapering off. I am curious however about weight gain. From my understanding, most weight gain tends to happen at higher doses, but this doesnt seem to be the case with Mirtazapine.

Does anyone have an idea if I'm likely to start gaining weight if I start tapering off?

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    Hi I put my weight on when I started at 15mg ..Iv managed to lose 1stone bt on a very strict no carb diet ..I ate carbs last week & put 2lb on .. Iv been researching the reasons why ..apparently with it being a histamine blocker. .our insulin is taking all our sugars out of our blood which is making us forever crave but then its stored therefore piling the weight on.. I hope this helps .
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      Hi Sharon

      that's really interesting and makes perfect sense. I find the urge for carbs and sugars is so strong...i keep eating them. You are doing really well ignoring 'the pull'. I will def try no carbs/sugars tomorrow. Meanwhile this evening I will get stuck into my oversized easter egg lol!

      god bless xx

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      It's so hard to resist I can't have anything nice in the house which is cruel having a 3 yr old.. just yesterday iv started taking chromium tablets it's for normalising glucose levels. .see what happens. .anythings worth a try ..so unfair to cut all the nice things out of your life.. that's how it feels sometimes . You enjoy your egg mmmmmm ..il have a bowl of cauliflower rice & green veg haha xx
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    Hi Arider

    my guess is if you haven't gained weight on the year you have been on mirt, you wouldn't gain any weight coming off.

    I am on 15mg and gone from being very slim into being very large! Some people don't get the munchies and it sounds like you are one of those lucky ones!

    Glad you are feeling well enough to start the taper. I'm fairly certain you won't start feeling ravenous for food.

    god bless ♥♥

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    Hi

    I was at 15 mg for over a year and gained 20 lbs +  and no, if you havn't put weight on already I doubt you will going lower.  The food craving never left me until I got to about 5mg, and now I seem to be "stabilising" - losing about a pound a week hopefully, managed to stop eating all the munchies at night that I seemed unable to resist thanks to the Mirt ggrrrrr ... 

    I am tapering also, a very slow plan, do you know about the slow taper off Mirt' to avoid the horrible WD symptoms?  

    Wishing you well

     

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    No, I didn't find any difference as I tapered off the mirt. My cravings did reduce when got lower than about 5mg but it still had the same effect my metabolism and I couldn't eat the number of calories as before mirt and I can now I'm off it completely.
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    Well when I was put on Mirtz about 6 months ago - i took 7.5mg only 1 day - then to 1/2 of that thereafter. I have been taking about 3mg consistently since then and I have def put on weight and have an increased appetite. At first it wasn't bothersome because I had come off - thyroid hyper hell and had lost quite a bit of weight, but now I can't seem to stop the continual increase of weight. So have an appt with my Doc on Friday. She's an integrative Endo - so at least she will look for some alternatives for me. I read up on Berberine - seems to work like Metformin for diabetics. I believe the key is to counteract what the Mirtz does and i hope that my doc and i can come up with a solution because I need the increase of weight to STOP. I don't want to have to come off this med - because it has helped get my life back. I had horrible daily anxiety to the point where I could barely leave the house. So we'll see how it goes.

    Good Luck to everyone and God Bless

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    Should clarify I have put on weight, but it has stabalized for sometime. Sorry, forgot to mention!
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